New Widget Sample Online
Thursday January 7th, 1999
If you have been following the XPFE newsgroup, you may have come across the debate about widgets in the new cross-platform mozilla application. The final decision was for the widgets displayed on HTML pages (radio-buttons, drop-down menus, etc.) and dialog boxes to be platform-neutral for the moment, with the possibility of adding in native widget-sets later. This new platform neutral widget set requires new widget images, and the new samples have come online here.
German Bauer is the creator of these sample images, and his current thoughts can be read here. This post is really worth checking out if you have a moment.
Please be advised: this is a Work In Progress! Please don't flame the creator of these widgets in talkback. However, please feel free to post constructive criticism or other thoughts on this issue.
#35 Re:New Widget Sample Online
Friday January 8th, 1999 10:40 AM
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Hi: Thanks for the great feedback here and in the mozilla newsgroups. In creating this second design we have factored in many of your ideas/concerns. Let me respond to some issues briefly: - the dull look: we have to be dull/neutral for these designs in order to enable HTML4 attributes to work. E.g. we can cannot have large bevels, colorful backgrounds etc or GIF elements to describe the button appearance in order to provide the flexibility HTML4/CSS requires. - Mouseover type design vs other approaches: you may have already read why we think this type of design will be useful in awebpage context. However we are open to other suggestions, and part of the process will be to select 2-3 final design candidates and run them by usability testing to ensure our quality requirements are met. - Finally: this is an open process: If you have ideas, participate! To the best of our abilities we will try to incorporate ideas and suggestions/concerns from you before making final choices. We'll also keep you up to date on the progress, as always. German